We aim for the school to be a happy, exciting and nurturing place to learn where children and adults feel safe and valued by all. All individuals should be respectful and supportive towards others within a fair and consistent environment that is welcoming and friendly. We aim for the school to be unified by its inclusive and positive approach. We promote confidence via a child centred approach to lifelong learning and aim for every child to achieve their best and to always aim high.
Our values are embedded in being inclusive, celebrating everyone’s successes, respecting others and treating others as we would wish to be treated. We embrace teamwork and understand that we will be stronger if we work together with a common set of aims and values. We value honesty, trust, flexibility, consistency and good manners. Adults will support each other alongside the children and aim to communicate well and with integrity.
Our vision for the school is for it to be friendly, safe, positive and nurturing for all. We wish the school to be well organised, successful, supportive and consistent, as well as welcoming and professional. We aim, for it to be a place where both children and adults thrive, perform well and feel challenged to achieve their highest goals.
Our Moral Purpose
We have an important role to fulfil and see it as a privilege to work with young people and help shape their futures. We will aim high in everything that we do. Our purpose is to educate the whole child within a purposeful, happy and stimulating environment that feels safe and where risks may be taken to stretch capability in all areas of a child’s development. We embrace diversity and respect differences, seeing them as a positive element of our community. We will aim to develop skills in our young learners that they can take forward in life to enhance the way they live and function within society. We will lead by example and understand that we are significant adults, carers and role models for our learners. We will build positive and meaningful relationships across our school community as we prepare our learners for the World they live in and the future that lies ahead of them. We view all children as individuals, acknowledging their life experiences, family culture, physical ability, gender, race, religion, interests and abilities. We help them to achieve their very best academically and support them in their development of social skills. We encourage the children to become independent learners for whom education is a positive experience that remains with them for life.
At Spring Grove we are committed to developing and maintaining the highest standards of equality of opportunity for all. We endeavour to ensure that our resources, code of conduct, school organisation and day to day practice reflect our determination to ensure equality of opportunity. Children should have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
– with Parents and Carers
We acknowledge that parents are the first educators of their children and, therefore, we encourage a close partnership between parents and school from the outset. Regular school tours take place during the year to allow families to visit. Before the children start in the Nursery or Reception classes, children and parents attend an open day event. In addition, school staff make home visits in early September.
Parents receive regular newsletters from school. Infant and Early Years staff send weekly letters home which cover homework and the week’s learning news. Junior children use a homework diary or teachers liaise with parents over the Internet via Fronter, the school’s secure managed learning environment. Throughout the year, a range of workshops are held to keep parents informed about curriculum matters and to suggest ways to support children at home.
Open Evenings are held each term for more formal contact between parents and teachers. In the summer term, parents are given an end of year printed report. If parents would like to chat about issues relating to their children at any other time, they are welcome to call in before or after school, telephone or e-mail us.
Parents are invited to class and school assemblies, concerts and events from time to time. We welcome support from parents in school and on trips. This can be arranged by prior discussion with the class teacher. In line with national guidelines, all parents and helpers who spend time in school are required to hold a full CRB check, details of which can be obtained at the school office.
– with the community
The school works closely and well with the Local Authority and other local schools. Pupils and staff gain great benefits from this collaboration between schools as there is a positive sharing of ideas, challenges and events of which we are all proud. The school has links with a range of secondary schools. Spring Grove works alongside Institutions of Higher Education as we mentor and assist in the professional development of new teachers, teaching assistants and specialist Early Years practitioners.
We have established links within our local community with voluntary groups, faith groups, places of worship, community police teams, sporting associations and clubs, local business and retail outlets and residential neighbours. We believe the school is an integral part of the local community and encourage the children to respect this and be a positive part of their community.